Universal Access to Vaccination: Biodegradable Needles

The biodegradable needle may help save millions of lives

Biodegradable Needle

The Biodegradable  needle is a novel, integrated, vaccination technology with applications for both humans and livestock. Instead of the standard needles, syringes, vials and refrigeration (SNVR), Dutch veterinarian Gijsbert van de Wijdeven has developed the biodegradble needle: tiny saluable mini-implants, which come pre-loaded with the proper dosage of a given vaccine. Biodegradable needles are injected using a vaccination gun and promptly dissolve under the skin.

Rapid Vaccination Power

Every year, over 1.2 million children die from common infectious diseases that could have been prevented if they had access to vaccination. Biodegradable needles have the potential to reach those children and to save lives and improve quality of life. Programmed rapid transport, followed by rapid vaccination creates a Rapid Vaccination Power, enabling entire regions to be vaccinated, potentially within days, thus rapidly shutting-down epidemics such as Ebola, saving lives, preventing social disruption and panic. It is possible for one individual to vaccinate more than one thousand patients per hour and biodegradable needles are designed to be used by non-medical staff and are injected without the vaccination gun touching the skin. As biodegradable needles dissolve beneath the skin, there is no risk of cross-contamination, no needle injuries and no re-use of syringes and needles, resulting in less contaminated waste. Biodegradable needles can be used for all vaccination campaigns even in the remotest areas of the world.